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William Herbert and Gertrude Beatrice Sevier

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 324
by Jesse (Sevier) Lee

William Herbert Sevier was born May 16,1884 at Bournemouth, England. Gertrude Beatrice Sevier, his wife, was also born in Bournemouth on October 3rd 1884. They came to America, first to Tacoma, Washington in 1906. William was a plumber while in England.

It was in Tacoma that the first child for William and Gertrude was born, a daughter, arrived November 28, 1908. In March of 1909, they moved to Spring Coulee, rented the old Hofer place and started farming.

On the 30th of September 1911, a second daughter was born in Magrath. Around 1918, the family moved to Didsbury, Alberta, where William farmed until 1923. A third daughter was born March 13, 1922. Sadness followed when Gertrude was stricken with the 'flu shortly after, and failed to recover.

The family returned to Spring Coulee to work for Joe Greenwood. They lived in a house which was on the land where Tom Beswick now lives. The two oldest girls helped their dad in caring and raising the youngest daughter. In 1929, they moved into the town of Spring Coulee, and Billy, as he was called by those who knew him, started to work for John Thompson. In later years, he worked for Jim Hunter and also Albert Bossingham. Billy passed away July 14, 1953 at the age of 69. His jovial nature and wit was missed by his friends.

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